Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, KFUPM Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
Director, Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Water supply is a growing challenge worldwide. Water scarcity affects both the developed and the developing world, and it affects regions that are considered dry as well as regions that are not. Research on water at MIT touches all aspects of water supply. This talk will discuss basic concepts of water supply and methods of purification, with a focus on desalination technology. Novel research at MIT in desalination and water supply will be described. This will include research related to membrane technologies, thermal and solar technologies, water distribution, wetlands, and challenges specific to the developing world. Issues related to the water-energy nexus will also be considered.